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Author Matteson, John.

Title Eden's outcasts : the story of Louisa May Alcott and her father / John Matteson.

Published New York : W.W. Norton, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  818.403 MATT    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description x, 497 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 465-470) and index.
Contents Prologue: Disgrace 3 -- Chapter 1 Beginnings 13 -- Chapter 2 A Birthday in Germantown 39 -- Chapter 3 Temple School 55 -- Chapter 4 "Orpheus at the Plough" 86 -- Chapter 5 Sowing of the Seeds 116 -- Chapter 6 First Fruits 134 -- Chapter 7 Lost Illusions 150 -- Chapter 8 Father and Daughter 165 -- Chapter 9 Destitution 196 -- Chapter 10 Orchard House 233 -- Chapter 11 War 260 -- Chapter 12 Shadows and Sunlight 285 -- Chapter 13 Journeys East and West 308 -- Chapter 14 Miracles 334 -- Chapter 15 "The Wise and Beautiful Truths of the Father" 355 -- Chapter 16 "Come Up with Me" 400.
Summary "Louisa May Alcott's name is known universally. Yet, during her youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson - an eminent teacher and lecturer and an admired friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, both, for the world and from his family. Willful and exuberant, Louisa was anything but the model daughter. While her three sisters more readily won Bronson's favor, Louisa puzzled and appalled him with her mercurial moods and restless yearnings for money and fame, The other prize she deeply coveted - her father's understanding -seemed the hardest of all to win," "At the same time that the clashing personalities of father and daughter threatened to drive them apart, their struggles to find beauty and justice in an imperfect world continually reunited them, Plagued by disappointments, Bronson fought to recover from the collapse of his career and an ensuing mental breakdown. Encouraged by her mother and sisters and fortified by the guidance of Bronson's literary friends, Louisa traveled an improbable path from her father's utopian community through the hospitals of the Civil War to the cultured drawing rooms of Europe. Seeking always to ease her family's poverty, she made a living writing stories for magazines until Little Women changed her life forever, earning her not only wealth but also an enduring place among America's most admired writers." "This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 -- Family.
Authors, American -- Family relationships.
Fathers and daughters -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9780393059649 (hardcover)
0393059642 (hardcover)